Love (and hate) for Perez:
"The queen of mean."
"A controversial gossipmonger with a poison pen."
"Love him or (he prefers) hate him...[Perez] has risen from the blogosphere to reap some of the same fame and noteriety as the entertainers he celebrates and humiliates daily... [He] has become a hard-to-ignore Hollywood player."
-The New York Times
"One of the most polarizing media figures since Howard Stern."
"Perez Hilton revels in his role as one of the most-hated figures in Hollywood."
"The style of a catty, celebrity-obsessed seventh-grade girl."
About the Author
Well before Perez Hilton (the Miami-born Mario Lavandeira) grew his website, PerezHilton.com, into a Tinseltown franchise raking in 9 million page views a day, the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media” knew exactly how Hollywood was changing. If you used to need an actual talent—acting, singing, playing a sport—in order to make it big, now you could become famous for being famous, and doing absolutely nothing at all. And anyone can do it; in other words, you too can be a Hilton!
Jared Shapiro is the News and Entertainment Director at Life & Style Weekly, and author of Going Corporate: Moving Up Without Screwing Up. He has appeared on VH1, Entertainment Tonight, E!, and Inside Edition.